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Move over, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Step off, Jennifer Meyer.

My Name is Earl star Jaime Pressly, 29, gave birth Friday morning to a baby boy, Dezi James Calvo, adding to the list of engaged, but unmarried moms who apparently misread the manual.

But congratulations go out to Jaime just the same. According to Pressly's rep, Dezi was born at 7:31 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

It is her first child with fiancé Eric Cubiche, 32, to whom she has been engaged since last October.

Jamie Pressly found out she was pregnant after taking nine pregnancy tests to be sure.

"After the first one, Eric said, 'Really? Take another one,'" she said.

The couple said they were planning to name the baby "Dezi James" - even if it were a girl - because of their longstanding joke in which Cubiche calls out, "Luuuucy, I'm hooome!" whenever he comes home, a la Desi Arnaz in the television show I Love Lucy.

Eric Cubiche, like Arnaz, is of Cuban descent. We guess that makes the kid's name okay. Either way, it's no Suri Cruise.

Pressly initially denied media reports that she was pregnant because she was only one-and-a-half months along and was worried about miscarriage.

"I lied and lied and lied!" she said.

When she was four months along, the actress told Us that it so far had been an uneventful pregnancy.

"I live off Tylenol," she confided. "The mood swings you can't do anything about. You want to stab people and you don't know why! I'm still tired. You wake up sleepy."

Kind of like how Lindsay Lohan lives off coke and booze.

Cubiche, who works as a DJ, proposed to the actress on October 17 after a year of dating, but like François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, the couple has not yet set a wedding date.

The actress has said that she plans to drop those post-pregnancy pounds by her next birthday on July 30. "I want to lose the baby weight by my 30th birthday!" she said in November.

"Three weeks after I have the child I'll be back in the gym 4-5 days a week two hours at a time. I can't wait to get my body back."

That's what Britney Spears was saying after giving birth to Jayden James. Now if we can just get her into some normal clothes.

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Before Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight came out of the closet last year, some advised him not to do it, the 34-year-old actor revealed in a new interview.

While friends were "beautifully supportive," Knight tells The Advocate in its June 19 issue, others cautiously advised him, "Don't do it - don't do it now."

Looking back, the 34-year-old has no regrets.

"I remember saying to someone when I got one of those don't-do-it comments - I just remember hearing my voice being calm and saying, 'No, it's going happen. It's going to happen. I'm just letting you know.'"

Ultimately, T.R. Knight (left) is glad he made the decision to go public after his castmate, Isaiah Washington (right), called him a gay slur. Washington, in an argument with Patrick Dempsey on set, referred to Knight as a f@gg*t. 

"I made the decision to make a statement," Knight says. "I could have not [spoken up]. I could have retreated. But I'm definitely happy I made the decision."

Around the same time, Neil Patrick Harris came out of the closet, saying rumors by people such as Perez Hilton made him want to quiet speculation and move forward in life.

As for Knight's outing, Washington has since apologized, entered therapy, and is appearing in public service announcements on behalf of gay rights groups.

Since coming out, Knight, who plays the unassuming Dr. George O'Malley on the hit ABC drama, has seen his Grey's Anatomy character marry Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and sleep with fellow interns Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl).

Off camera, Katherine Heigl is a close friend of Knight, but she says the actor came out to her much more gradually.

"There came a point where we were close enough friends that he would just talk about dates or about other guys," Heigl told The Advocate. "I wasn't shocked or surprised.... It was more just like, 'Oh, okay, now I know why you don't want to go out with me.'"

Knight, who is single - "Not that I've had the most successful dating experiences," he says - insists coming out hasn't much affected his love life. He says he still assumes people aren't interested in him, but notes:

"Too much aggression isn't a good thing, either."

We assume that remark is meant for Jason Wahler.

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If you know anything about Spencer Pratt, you know he has never been one to shy away from a PR-generating, attention-grabbing scheme.

It's not surprising, then, that the dirtbag villain from The Hills has joined the lame Free Paris bandwagon with a "Free Paris" MySpace page.

Two Dumbasses

The pseudo-celeb told told Us Weekly that when he's not frolicking on the beach in staged photos with plastic girlfriend Heidi Montag, he's been leading the fight to free Paris Hilton.

Just about anything makes for a better cause than that. Even convincing Heidi to get a boob job.

But Spencer Pratt is all about publicity.

"I've always thought the punishment should fit the crime," says the repulsive Spencer.

"[Paris Hilton] has changed her image dramatically over the last couple years. Now she's such a good role model and a smart businesswoman. So it's a shame that a miscommunication between her and her people is landing her in jail. She should get probation with community service, but no way should she be put in jail with real criminals."

Spencer Pratt claims that once 100,000 supporters sign his online petition he will take up the harlot's plight with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Good luck with that.

Speaking of people reinventing their image, Spencer Pratt is looking to go from a reputation as the slimy guy in the gold chains who masterminded Heidi ending her BFF-ship with Lauren Conrad to being only nutcase crazy enough to lend support to a slutty, spoiled DUI offender.

Terrific. Again, isn't there a better cause out there? Like freeing Sean Preston?

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Sometimes, a gal's hair just doesn't grow back fast enough.

Britney Spears has been perpetually hiding that bald head of clipped hair under a wig, but she's taken her shear regret to a new level - sources say she has asked her dancers to go bald too!

Britney with her Award

One of the dancers on Brit's comeback tour tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the pop star asked her four blonde associates:

"Would y'all cut your hair?"

They didn't take Sean Preston and Jayden James‘ crazy mama seriously, of course, because none of them decided to go Cue Ball style.

No word on whether Brit suggested that after their head shavings, the whole crew engage in some gyrating, bald girl-on-girl action on stage.

Still, the dancer, Criscilla Crossland, says that Britney looks "so good" that she could "model" the shorn dome look. Crossland adds that two of the songs off Spears' upcoming album are "amazing."

Meanwhile, Britney Spears, who performed four shows last week, has returned to the dance studio to continue her rigorous workouts.

In fishnet stockings and a cowboy hat, she was seen at Millennium Dance Complex in N. Hollywood Tuesday carrying her 18-month-old, Sean Preston.

Her reps won't comment on whether the pop star has any more shows scheduled in the near future, or whether Howie Day has attended any. But pals say she's not slowing down after her comeback in SoCal and Las Vegas.

"I'm just so happy for her right now," says Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin, who saw Spears' show last week.

"She's been working really hard. She choreographed all of those shows herself. She's such a talented girl."

We agree, Robin Antin. She sure is. A bald, insane one

Let's just say you won't see Brit on Shear Genius anytime soon.

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He was supposed to report to jail as of early May.

But Jason Wahler is instead in rehab, a family member tells People.

Jason Wahler and Katja Decker-Sadowski Photo

"Jason's in rehab, and he's getting help," said the relative, who declined to give her name, possibly because she does not want to be associated with the Laguna Beach loser.

"He's doing well, and he's going to be a new man," she added. "There was a deal made [with prosecutors]."

Jason Wahler, 20, was due to surrender to Los Angeles County jail last week to serve a 60-day sentence after his September arrest and subsequent assault charges, but a judge delayed that in lieu of rehab.

Whether channeling his inner Britney Spears and going to detox will help him evade legal problems stemming from four arrests in as many states is yet to be seen.

"His jail sentence has been suspended for now," L.A. City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said. "But we'll be informing the court of Jason Wahler's latest arrest in Seattle at his next progress report hearing June 8."

Wahler had been on 36 months' probation since March, and may be in more trouble if Seattle city attorneys file formal assault and trespassing charges, stemming from his arrest at a Seattle hotel April 8.

If convicted in that case, the ex-beau of Lauren Conrad could be found in violation of probation in L.A., which may result in even more jail time.

In March, Wahler was arrested in Greenville, N.C., on charges of underage drinking and resisting a public officer during a raid at a nightclub.

Earlier this year, he was also found guilty of resisting arrest and bribery stemming from an arrest in New York last September.

Perhaps Paris Hilton should try this approach. When in doubt, check one's self into rehab. Although driving with no license and being slutty aren't treatable addictions.

As for the one-time star of The Hills, look for him to get booted from rehab for kicking someone's ass and uttering racial slurs, then having more charges filed against him.

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"She doesn't look anorexic," whispered a female partygoer as Cate Blanchett breezed by.

She was referring to reports that the actress had shown up at the prior evening's Costume Institute Gala looking more emaciated than Nicole Richie.

Cate at Cannes

Blanchett has been looking a touch gaunt lately, drawing comparisons to Keira Knightley. But that isn't why she was recently honored by Time.

According to Time, Cate is one of the most influential people alive this year, along with Elizabeth Edwards, Michael Bloomberg, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, and many other fabulous honorees who congregated at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Women entering the cocktail reception were offered an escort on the arm of a tuxedoed attendant; word was that an attendee of last year's Time 100 had lost her footing on the staircase.

Inside, it was the kind of scene where presidential candidate John Edwards has a heartfelt conversation with sensitive guitar guy John Mayer while ringed by TV cameras.

No word on whether they discussed Jessica Simpson's enormous boobs. But we wouldn't be surprised if that's what they talked about. Those things are frickin' huge.

The intense aura of mutual admiration filling the room compelled the New York Post to ask the influencers who they find most influential. But not everyone had an answer.

"Ah, I don't know," answered Star Wars creator George Lucas.

NBC News anchor Brian Williams fared better with the question.

"She's standing next to me," he said, indicating his wife, Jane.

Martha Stewart almost seemed like she was anticipating our question. "Sacha Baron Cohen," she replied. "Why? Because no one's expecting it!"

For The Hollywood Gossip, it's none other than the great Britney Spears. No one has done more for our celebrity gossip site or gives us more motivation to work hard every single day than you, girl. Thanks, from the bottom of our hearts.

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Recently, Britney Spears took time out from her busy schedule of lip-sync rehearsals and dance classes to pick up items for the two main men in her life - her sons, Sean Preston and the mysterious Jayden James.

Britney Spears Family Photo

The bald beauty hit up West Hollywood's Bel-Bambini baby boutique with a gal pal and dropped nearly $1,000 in less than 10 minutes - or about as long as her recent House of Blues comeback shows!

According to a source, the rehabbing pop princess purchased:

  • A $600 toy plane
  • A potty chair fit for a prince
  • Two "Adorable Idol" baby t-shirts emblazoned with an altered American Idol logo (get ready to get sued, Bel-Bambini)
  • Two "Don't ya wish your mommy was hot like mine?" tees (as Asia Nitollano and the rest of the Pussycat Dolls roll over in their graves)
  • One t-shirt Spears did not buy for the kids, but was seen in the store - "My dad is a hunk." Oh, snap. Her ex, Kevin Federline, could have seen that diss coming a mile away, though, after his recent remarks about Howie Day.

With her baby purchases complete, all Britney Spears needs to buy is a wig that frickin' stays on! Oh, and a voice. She apparently needs one of those.

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Rapper and R&B singer Akon has issued a statement response amid a firestorm over his onstage simulated sex romp with a 15-year-old during a concert in Trinidad a few weeks ago.

He smacked that all on the floor, 'til she got sore, then wanted her to give him some more. But the collaborator of Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani regrets his actions, and says he didn't know she was underage. His statement:

Akon and Michael Jackson

"First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12.

It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met.

Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again."

Akon was fired by Verizon and is being threatened with prosecution over the incident, which apparently featured a simulated rape of the girl.

The rapper invited 15-year-old Danah Alleyne onto the stage, and the girl obliged, thinking that she was entering a dance contest to win a "trip to Africa," as Akon promised.

But when she "won" the contest, the "trip to Africa" turned out to be an on-stage encounter with Akon during which her "head was hitting the floor," as the rapper was "turning, twisting and even flipping [her] body" while "mimicking sexual positions" and sandwiching the girl with the assistance of another performer, according to multiple news sources.

Basically, this girl was conned onto the stage and unwillingly took the punishment that Lindsay Lohan gets from an assortment of gents nightly.

Verizon, which promoted Akon as one of the musicians on its mobile-phone music service, said it would no longer sponsor the Gwen Stefani tour in which Akon, who recently performed on American Idol, is the opening act.

This isn't the first time Akon has done some sketchy work on stage. Tara Reid got the Akon treatment during a party at the Sundance Film Festival.

Akon is also a convicted felon who has spent several years in prison.

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In the wake of his Las Vegas arrest this past weekend, HBO has decided to cut ties with its Chairman and CEO, Chris Albrecht.

In a statement obtained by TMZ, parent company Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons said:

"Jeff Bewkes (President and COO of Time Warner) and I believe that this is the right decision for the company. We thank Chris Albrecht for all of his contributions to Home Box Office over the years."

Albrecht, who had been with HBO for 22 years, look a leave of absence as of yesterday, saying he "agreed to step down ... recognizing that I cannot allow my personal circumstances to distract them from the business."

HBO Chief Operating Officer Bill Nelson will temporarily take over Chris Albrecht's duties until a new CEO is appointed.

Albrecht was arrested over the weekend for allegedly beating his girlfriend up outside the MGM Grand Casino after the prizefight between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Wonder what Rich Eisen had to say about that on SportsCenter.

Yesterday, Albrecht sent a letter to the HBO staff, which stated that he was "deeply sorry" for the Vegas incident, and revealed that he is a recovering alcoholic who had slipped.

Mel Gibson knows the feeling. So does Naomi Campbell... although she would likely beat Albrecht's ass if he tried that crap with her.

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In the new issue of W, Naomi Campbell puts her throwing arm to productive use, penning a diary about her foray into court-ordered manual labor.

As Campbell's prose dispatches reveal, the 36-year-old model is full of surprises: she drinks regular Coke, prays every morning and night, and does not own a diamond-encrusted phone (bet you Paris Hilton does).

Campbell in Cannes

On making friends:
"As we are working, one of my co-workers tells me how he ended up here. It was basically because of alcohol. I bond with him, and I tell him I'm in recovery. I started doing drugs when I was 23, as a recreational thing. I had no idea of the effect it would have on me."

THG NOTE: That's what Pete Doherty said. It all starts so innocently.

On manual labor:
"I head to my locker and change into my work clothes and am told, along with two other people, to sweep the garage. We start mopping so intently and get a rhythm going. I have to tell you, I find solace in sweeping. I have no other responsibilities. I have no phone. I have time to think. I just have, you know, peace."

On self-reflection:
"I never really looked into myself, deep below the surface. I was just caught up in my job and flying around the world and wanting to be fabulous. But there comes a point when it all catches up with you. And that caused me to reassess myself and get real treatment for my anger and my addictions. Some people can handle a drink or a line of cocaine, but I've finally come to realize that, for me, it's all or nothing - and it has to be nothing."

THG NOTE: Britney Spears, we hope you are listening. 

On the designer clothes she wore to work every day:
"It's getting crazy. I'm getting all calls from designers and stylists asking me to wear their clothes. Apparently, people on the Internet are rating my outfits. With everything happening in the world â€" in Iraq, in Africa â€" this is what they focus on?"

On her coworkers:
"Two of the people in the room have never been on a plane. They ask me what it's like, and I'm embarrassed to tell them I was on seven planes the week before alone... They tell me some of the things they've read about me, like that I have a diamond-encrusted BlackBerry. I laugh. I've never had a diamond-encrusted phone! I'll leave that to Paris [Hilton]. It's not my style."

On her employees:
"I don't really have many yes-people in my life anymore. I've gotten away from them â€" all the agents, assistants, people who would never tell me the truth and watch me destroy myself. But of course many of those people maybe didn't want to work with me anymore, either, which I totally understand."

On being independent:
"Most people can rely on their family, but I tried to deal with everything on my own. I'm a very strong person. I never had problems with men, because if they bothered me, I'd tell them to f*%k off."

THG NOTE: It's a lesson Lauren Conrad is finally learning.

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